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German Man Charged With Trafficking Heroin And Marijuana

Law enforcement authorities arrested and accused a man in Germany of trafficking drugs, which he allegedly bought on the dark web and resold locally. When investigators searched the home of the defendant, they found large amounts of heroin and marijuana. According to prosecutor Dennis Cernota, a 31-year-old suspect of Saalekreis, Germany was taken into police custody on August 18. Mr. ... Read More »

A 41-Year-Old Man Sentenced For 18 Months for Selling Drugs on Darknet

A 41-year-old man from Bakersfield, Ramsey Jeries Farraj has been handed a prison sentence of 18 months for the sale of drugs on the Darknet. According to the court, Farraj conspired with a partner in crime, Majed Bashir Akroush, 49 to structure $4 million of synthetic drugs. Synthetic drug sale is a common trade on the Darknet market, and people ... Read More »

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Alphabay Vendor “PeterTheGreat” to Face a Judge in August

In April, federal law enforcement agencies arrested the drug dealers behind the Alphabay vendor profile “PeterTheGreat.” The United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) and Homeland Security Investigations led the operation the darknet vendor after a U-47700 (U4) overdose in Portland, Oregon. Now, in mid August, South Carolina courts are preparing to deal with both defendants at their first real hearing. ... Read More »

Malware Tech Arrested for Creating the Kronos Banking Trojan Pleads Not Guilty

MalwareTech or MalwareTechBlog known in real life as Marcus Hutchins, the 22-year-old British security expert who gained international recognition after he stopped the WannaCry ransomware outbreak on Monday pleaded not guilty in a US court to charges of creating and distributing the Kronos banking Trojan, a malware which was designed to steal people’s online banking details. Marcus Hutchins was arrested ... Read More »

Austrian Man Admits to Selling Drugs After Package Interception

On February 2017, customs officers in Vienna, Austria intercepted an incoming package “filled” with heroin. The package had come from Holland and was addressed to a 24-year-old old in Kirchdorf, Austria. The natural escalation occurred: law enforcement raided the young man’s home. Although the home proved more boring than they had likely hoped. At the house, they had only found ... Read More »

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Darknet Vendors Behind “FinestDrugsDE” Facing 15 Years in Prison

In November 2016, police raided numerous apartments in Thuringia, Germany. During the raids, law enforcement made discoveries that they called the biggest blow against online drug trafficking, at the time. They found notebooks of recorded data, phones, hard drives, kilograms of drugs, and two suspects: 31-year-old Philipp H. and 19-year-old Stefanie W. Those two suspects now face 15 years in ... Read More »

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Eight Busted for Selling Fentanyl-laced Oxycodone Pills on the Darknet

After a two year investigation into drug trafficking in Texas, federal authorities finally arrested a “ring” of both darknet and local drug traffickers. The group consisted of eight members. As collective members, they ordered fentanyl from a laboratory in China then created fake prescription painkillers with a pill press. They sold these on the darknet and many ended up on ... Read More »

Law Enforcement Leave Fake Negative Reviews to Disrupt Darknet Markets

While law enforcement is virtually powerless to shut down the darknet drug trade, new research suggests that law enforcement may be able to disrupt it to a certain extent and discourage new buyers from making purchases by leaving fake negative reviews. The researchers studied the sale of opioids on Crypto Market during a six month period which covered between October ... Read More »

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FBI Has Tools to Identify Anonymous “Sextortionists,” Agent Says

According to Jay Abbott, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Indianapolis, the FBI “have tools” to identify criminals on the darknet. During an interview on “sextortion” with Indianapolis news center WIBC, Abbott explained the darknet (internet anonymity) and a the connection to extortion—in light of two recent cases. For some reason, the “abduction” of Chloe Ayling in ... Read More »

No Jail TIme for “Dealer” Caught Ordering 1.5lbs Weed

In September 2016, Canadian Customs intercepted an outbound package filled with marijuana. The customs declaration on the package indicated the package contained a child’s toy set. And in a way, it had contained toys. However, despite being disguised hidden within the toy set, Customs officers successfully located 727 grams of marijuana in the package. Canadian authorities relayed this to the ... Read More »

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Only 3% of Counterfeit Euros in France from Darknet Markets

France, despite a drastic decline in counterfeit use throughout Europe, still sees a significant number of counterfeiting crimes. Very few of the counterfeit noted in circulation originated from within France, as well. Yet, out of all the countries in Europe, France is first on the list of countries most affected by counterfeit currency. The director of the anti-counterfeiting detailed the ... Read More »

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In Switzerland, Even Authorities Oppose a Darknet Ban

Authorities in Switzerland see an increasing number of crimes linked to the darknet. FDP National Council member and so-called IT expert Marcel Dobler argues that the federalization of police departments that fight cybercrime hinder darknet investigations [and ordinary cybercrime]. The only way to improve the government’s ability to find and catch cybercriminals who retreat to the darknet, according to Dobler, ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, August 27, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: SegWit is now active on the Bitcoin blockchain Segregated Witness (SegWit) is now active on Bitcoin’s blockchain. Essentially, SegWit rearranges how data is stored on Bitcoin blocks, boosts capacity, and removes transaction malleability. Various cryptocurrency experts, including Blockstream executives, Lightning founder Elizabeth Stark, and Litecoin creator Charlie Lee, expressed ... Read More »